(1830-1886) American Poet
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Hope is a strange invention - A Patent of the Heart - In unremitting action Yet never wearing out.
Hope is a thing with feathers - That perches in the soul, - And sings the tune without words - And never stops at all.
All I know of love is that love is all there is.
Fame is a bee It has a song - It has a sting - Ah, too, it has a wing.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Up to his nest again, I shall not live in vain.
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.
Success is counted sweetest - By those who ne'er succeed.
The Possible's slow fuse is lit By the Imagination.
Till it has loved, no man or woman can become itself.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.